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Things to do in the Netherlands

Things to do in  Netherlands

Welcome to Netherlands

Known for its flowers, windmills, and sizeable cheese wheels—as well as Amsterdam's Red Light district and coffee shops—the Netherlands manages to mix decades of culture with a modern, socially liberal atmosphere. And this low-lying country continues to enchant with its artistic masterpieces, famous tulip fields, and well-known nightlife. Despite its small size, the Netherlands hosts endless surprises for visitors to discover—whether it's on a bicycle through the scenic flat landscapes or cruising a canal-boat in radiant Amsterdam. The city of Amsterdam is a legendary place for artists, and locations such as the Rijks and the Van Gogh museums allow visitors to marvel over masterpieces by Dutch masters including Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, and Frans Hals. From there, take a canal cruise, stroll through food markets, or have a drink in a laid-back café. On a sightseeing tour, you can spot all the unmissable sights such as the Anne Frank Museum and the Bloemenmarkt, the vibrant flower auction. To escape the hustle of the city, head to the famous windmill village of Zaanse Schans, where craftsmen create the country's well-known wooden clogs. A little farther away still sits the typical Dutch village of Edam, known for its classic cheeses.

Top 10 attractions in Netherlands

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Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)

Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)

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The bestselling book “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” brought to life one of the greatest horrors of the 20th century in a compelling, personal way. In the true story, a young Jewish girl, her family, and some friends are forced into hiding in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis during World War II. The house that served as the Frank family’s hiding place for two years survived the war and is now a moving museum, with the primary site being the achterhuis (rear house), also known as the secret annex. Here the Franks sat in silence during the day and ate food that was secretly brought to them before being mysteriously betrayed and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Otto Frank, the only Frank who survived the war, published Anne’s now-famous diary in 1947.More
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Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

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Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of works by the legendary Dutch artist, is a must-see for art and art history lovers. The museum boasts a collection of Vincent van Gogh’s personal effects, plus 200 paintings and 500 drawings by the master and his contemporaries—including Gauguin, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Bernard—plus Van Gogh’s famous works The Potato Eaters and Wheatfield with Crows.More
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Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest and most visited art museum in the Netherlands. Its collection, which ranks among the world’s finest, includes nearly 8,000 pieces spread over 80 galleries. Some of the Rijksmuseum’s most revered works are 15th- to 19th-century paintings by Flemish and Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. In addition to the astounding eight centuries of Dutch art and history, the museum has extensive outdoor gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.More
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Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Most famous for its streetside brothels, Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen) also houses scenic canals, bustling restaurants, bars, and plenty of shopping opportunities. While this controversial neighborhood may not be for everyone, its winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys evoke Amsterdam’s rich history and laid-back culture.More
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Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience

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A visit to the old brewery at the Heineken Experience is a must-see for beer lovers in Amsterdam. During the 90-minute self-guided tour, you'll learn the history of the Heineken beer family, find out how the brand's logo has evolved over time, learn about the complete brewing process from beginnings to bottles—and, of course, taste the goods for yourself.More
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Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens

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With 7 million flower bulbs planted every year across 79 acres (32 hectares), Keukenhof Gardens is a colorful sea of 800 varieties of tulips and other spring flowers, attracting visitors from around the globe who want to see the Netherlands' iconic tulip fields. More than 9 miles (15 kilometers) of footpaths provide space to stroll around the park, take photos of flowers in bloom, and enjoy this Holland tradition.More
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NEMO Science Museum

NEMO Science Museum

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The largest science museum in the Netherlands, NEMO features four stories of interactive exhibits and hands-on experiments and is housed in one of the city’s most interesting buildings. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the NEMO building looks like a green, copper-clad ship rising out of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands.More
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Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

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The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production; today, it’s set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the highlights.More
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Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

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The Amsterdam outpost of the Madame Tussauds wax museum empire is filled with eerily accurate look-alikes, from Dutch royalty to internationally known figures from film, music, sports, and politics. Displays change regularly to keep things topical, though some classic figures, such as Marilyn Monroe and E.T., are constant fixtures.More
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Venustempel Sex Museum

Venustempel Sex Museum

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Located on the outskirts of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District, the Venustempel Sex Museum is the world’s oldest sex museum, dating back to 1985. Housed in a striking 17th-century building, it chronicles the evolution of human sexuality throughout the ages through an extensive collection of items relating to sex and eroticism.More

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Experience Amsterdam with a Local Guide

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Van Gogh Museum Virtual Tours and Activities

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5 Must-See Amsterdam Museums

Heineken Experience Virtual Brewery Tour

Heineken Experience Virtual Brewery Tour

Top activities in Netherlands

Recent reviews from experiences in Netherlands

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Great tour
Jason_A, Nov 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Lots to see and a great way to get a traditional look at life in Holland years ago.
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Cool!
Vicente_H, Sep 2021
Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration
The tour was lovely and a great way to see more than just Amsterdam.
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We loved Laura G!
Annabelle_C, Aug 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The entire tour was so worth the value and we got to see the countryside beauty of the Netherlands.
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Spectacular
Maria_T, Aug 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small-Group Day Tour
Everyone has to visit these villages in the Netherlands
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Amazing and fun experience
Genesis_A, Nov 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
I would definitely recommend this tour to all my friends and family planing to visit Netherlands and taking this tour with her.
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Fantastic tour!!!!!!
Kevin_R, Nov 2021
Private countryside tour: the highlights of Holland with guide and car
Highly recommend this for anyone wanting to see more than Amsterdam
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Giethorn, shoe making, cheese factory...
Lucas_A, Jun 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
Great trip, Said was our tour guide and he was really good, explained a lot about the attractions and history of the places visited.
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Good guide and very informative.
Arlene_L, Nov 2019
Giethoorn Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
Fall) The sights were very nice and the homes were very well kept.
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Worthwhile
David G, Sep 2019
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Would be crowded in summer.
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Great day
Caitlin_A, Sep 2019
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
This tour was a great combo getting to see the windmills and Giethoorn on the same trip.
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Charming Dutch Countryside Tour is a photographer's paradise
jenafetalino, Aug 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
This was a well-organized tour with an English speaking tour guide, giving you a glimpse of what is life in this part of Netherlands.
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Perfect Day Trip
MJR86, Jul 2019
Private tour to Rotterdam,The Hague and Delft From Amsterdam
It was very interesting to see this part of The Netherlands and to learn more and witness the history and culture.
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Last time I visited Madurodam was...
Martin D, Jul 2017
Madurodam entrance Ticket
Last time I visited Madurodam was maybe 50 plus years ago, still an amazing little park to visit, they've added the newer technologies, such as the wind turbines, oil platforms exhibits, more colorful flowers.
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This was a great small group...
Alex W., Jan 2018
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Going around North Holland was beautiful and all the stops were incredible to see and walk around, even in the freezing cold!
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Really fantastic day tour. Got to...
Dana H, Mar 2018
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
Got to see the countryside with a very professional guide.
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This may have been the coolest tour...
Chelsea_W, Jan 2017
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
I would highly recommend any of his tours and cannot wait to come back in the summer to see more of Holland with him.
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Tour Amsterdam like a local
Scott_K, Jul 2020
Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local
He also has good recommendations on places to visit or restaurants to patronize.
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Very special evening
Sheila_B, Nov 2019
Private 1.5 hour Canal Tour in Amsterdam with your Loved One
We had not planned to visit any of these and ended up going to all of them, which greatly added to our experience in Amsterdam.
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Magnificent Countryside Tour
cynthiasW1083FR, Aug 2019
Customizable Dutch countryside tour from Amsterdam (AMS)
We wanted to see out of the way sites and he obliged.
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Memorable experience
Heidi_B, Jul 2019
Private tour: Follow Anne Frank to Camp Westerbork
He takes you to see the house that Anne lived in before going into hiding.
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